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    Ties with Israel are of great importance for Russia not only because it [Israel] is one of the key players in the Middle East but also due to the historical relations between two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow for a three-day official visit dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia. This is the third Israeli prime minister's visit to the country since September 2015.

    "We in Russia set a high value on our contacts with Israel, and not only because Israel is a key country, one of the key countries in the Middle East, but also due to the historical relations [between two countries]," Putin said during the meeting with Netanyahu.

    He added that Russia would like to use the enormous potential it has in Israel, namely former Soviet citizens.


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